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July 2014 | Issue No. 64

Note from Kathy

Kathy and Joe Andruzzi
Kathy getting high bids
Kathy captures high bids at Joe Andruzzi Foundation Golf Tournament

I love raising money everywhere!

It was an honor to showcase and conduct a very successful Fund A Need for our own National Auctioneers Association Foundation along with a stellar team of NAA auctioneers at our International Auctioneers Conference. Thanks to our generous members, we more than doubled funds raised for our NAA Foundation over last year!

Congratulations to our new International Auctioneer Champions, Wendy Lambert of Dallas, Texas and Jason Miller of Quaker City, Ohio. It was so inspiring to compete with 93 extraordinary auctioneers from all over the world.

Join me for a new complimentary fundraising webinar: Maximize Your Fund A Need Webinar on Thursday, August 21st, sponsored by BidPal. Sign up here.

You can tell by the lilies that summer’s in full swing. Want evidence? Just scroll down to check out my latest watercolor “Tiger Lily.”

Always BIDhi!

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PS: Register here for my new complimentary webinar
Maximize Your Fund A Need, Thursday, August 21 at 2pm EST
Sponsored by BidPal.

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Feature Article

7 Tips to Turbo-Charge Your Auction Committee Planning

Kathy strategizes with Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce Auction Committee

Summer’s in full swing! I know you’re gearing up your Auction Committees for your best fundraiser auction ever. So here are seven of my easy, yet powerful committee engagement tips to “jump start” your auction fundraising planning now.

A benefit auction, strategically designed will raise thousands more dollars and increase donor engagement and retention. Our nonprofit and school auction clients are continuing to achieve amazing breakthrough results, even in those recent past challenging economic times. 

How? One common denominator is no mystery: engage your volunteers and board in early strategic auction planning, here are seven of my favorite tips to jump start planning with your auction committees.

1. Involve your benefit auctioneer from the very start in all your auction planning. She or he has unique expertise, insights and dedication that will really help you avoid costly pitfalls and to maximize your fundraising. Be sure to schedule key meetings for your auctioneer to be with you on the phone or in-person. Get to the next level - your professional fundraising auctioneer has a finger on the pulse of what is REALLY working to take maximize YOUR fundraising!

2. Schedule every single Auction Committee meeting for the entire year. This is my favorite organizing secret to make you super productive right away. Read my article for to learn more tips and get my bonus auction planning checklist.

Read the full article for 5 more tips...

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Nonprofits & Schools & Development Professionals

Watch for Kathy's Fall Seminar Schedule

*Want a seminar or talk in your area? Just contact Kathy  603-926-1919

For Professional Auctioneers

Beyond Bid Calling Workshop

Fund A Need, Raise More Money!  Catapult Your Career!
Monday & Tuesday, December 8 & 9:  Ft. Myers, Florida

Save the date: Limited Spaces.
Please contact Kathy

NEW Audio Book: Do I Hear A Million?
Benefit Auctioneering for Record Profits!

Kathy's new audio-book: It's over 3.5 hours top notch training and strategies for auctioneers who want to take their fundraising auctions to the next level.

Available NOW!

Mentor Programs

Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Private Roster Mentor Program.

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"Thanks, June*.  It would NEVER have been possible without all YOUR CHARM and GRACE and PROFESSIONALISM!! LOVE you tons and tons!!!"

~ Eric Nadeau, Auction Co-Chair
Dream Come True, Danbury, Connecticut

*June DeLair, CAI, BAS is an award-winning professional benefit auctioneer on our Kingston Auction Company team.

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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Kathy's Art: Tiger Lily

Cape Cod Hydrangea
Tiger Lily

Watercolor by Kathy Kingston © 2014 All rights reserved

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Who We Are

Kingston Auction LogoWe are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative training for both non-profits and auctioneers. A national leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout New England and across the country for over 25 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. Come to us to make your next benefit fundraising auction a record-breaker.

Our affiliations include...

NAA Auctioneer National Auctioneers Association promotes professionalism of auctioneers and auctions through education and technology.

CAI AuctioneerCertified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the industry - only three percent of auctioneers nationwide hold the CAI designation.

BAS Benefit Auctioneer SpecialistBenefit Auctioneer Specialist designation provides auctioneers with unique skills and strategies to conduct, plan and market fundraising auctions.

©2014 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved